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Jul 3, 2011 12:00pm PDT
school, before working for the city government, first as an investigator in the whistle- blowers department, and a few decades after california passed laws forbidding agents from -- asians from owning land, he became the first chinese- american mayor. now his mustache has its own twitter feed. i feel badly for the audience, because they can only hear the mustache. it is truly awesome up close. his predecessor, gavin newsom, was famous for the amount of here joe he used. please welcome mayor ed lee. [applause] mayor lee: thank you. should i stand up here, joe? is this right. ok. thank you out, everybody. at it is my pleasure to be here, to share with you what it has been like for the first quarter, maybe a third of this year, but also to begin by telling you this is a very unique city. and i continue to be so enthralled by the wonderful people who live here, that work here, even though i finished the ninth of tin budget town hall meetings, numerous meetings with community-based agencies, inviting people who have not been there for years, as they tell me. i am hearing so many stori
Jul 3, 2011 5:30am PDT
for the city. and finally, i was thrust upon with the obligation to make sure that i selected a police chief, not a temporary police chief. a chief that will carry forth what i consider to be one of the most important things in this city, to secure the public safety of the great city of san francisco. i think i have done that, with the selection and now the appointment of the chief. so many people have come up to me and clearly you expected a chief who had spent 30 years in his life, but i did not realize how many people he has really known in every part of this community. they come up and they thank us for making that wonderful decision. you will see right off the that, if he will be a great partner to make sure our police force and all the public agency facilities work together and we produce a higher level of public safety in the new year. i set out for a number of these objectives to perform those things in the most non-political way and to give it my full, 150% attention. that means to not be distracted by other offices or what i would be willing to do. today, i will tell you i will be
Jul 1, 2011 1:00pm PDT
have got a budget that is on time, that is balanced, and maybe on like our -- unlike our cities to the east or to the south, it is one that i think reflects a very solid cooperation with our board of supervisors, with our neighborhoods, with our community-based agencies, and with all our departments. at the beginning of this year -- actually as late as last year, we projected a $380 million deficit. former mayor gavin newsom had set us on a course that we have to be very focused on this, challenging us. we did that. we followed his advice and work with our departments to make sure that they came forth with what they believed would be a balanced budget. closing this deficit, and as it became clear to us that the budget was not only challenging, but that we could make it, that each of the department began working closer with us about how we could fill that gap, and it has not been easy. i want to say at the outset that i want to thank the departments for working closely with the mayor's budget staff. it is incredible, the work that you do. being here for over 21 years, i find it s
Jul 28, 2011 7:00pm PDT
is happening in the city and what is being presented to you today. let me be specific. at laguna honda hospital, there were two doctors that blew the whistle on the patient gift fund. now, dph is coming before you and telling you that they should only report on a yearly basis, instead of a quarterly basis. two medical doctors lost their positions at laguna honda hospital for identifying fraud and abuse with a patient. secondly, the presenter from the comptroller's office -- i am sorry, i forgot her name. several days ago, she was referred to the district attorney's office, the ethics commission, and the mayor's office, for willfully violating sunshine orders of the termination regarding lagoon on the hospital and the whistleblower program. i urge you to read the grand jury's report. the whistleblower program out of the controller's office. thank you. supervisor campos: thank you very much. next speaker please. >> good morning. i am walter. this city has the money shining like a silver plane the goddess of everything i know we want better change city, you have got it yes, city, you have got it.
Jul 18, 2011 10:30pm PDT
and the special jewels that are the urban villages we live in. i ran for office because i wanted to serve the city and protect all that is so special about san francisco. >> what lessons did you learn after campaigning for supervisor? >> san franciscans are incredibly interested in their city government, local politics, and making sure that we remain the most amazing city in the world. i learned that san franciscans during campaign read everything they are sent in the mail. they love to meet the candidates and engage in conversations with them. i learned how important it is to build bridges between different communities, particularly communities of diversity that we have. i was incredibly honored to have been elected in november of 2008. >> where do you place yourself on the political spectrum? >> i consider myself someone who shares the progressive values that many sentences can hold dear. we have been a beacon to the rest of the world region that many sentences skins hold dear. we have been a beacon to the rest of the world for those. >> you are president of the board. describe the role of the o
Jul 6, 2011 5:00pm PDT
with a phenomenal view. you can see mount diablo from here. you can also see our beautiful city. i am the director of public works. i am very pleased to be year. -- i am very pleased to be here to speak to this great community project. i will start you out with this fact, speaking of our beautiful city. 25% of our beautiful city is taken up by public right of way, streets, sidewalks, and scraps and parcels that the city leaders laid out to convey people and vehicles. the public rights of way are important. that is what we stoeward. a lot of it was designed more for utilities and vehicles than people. what you have seen over the last few years is a rethinking of the public rights of way. we're here to talk about one small example of movement in a positive direction in terms of how we use our public spaces in san francisco. without further ado, the man you would all like to hear from. he is serving the great city now and once did as the director of public works, our mayor, mayor ed lee. [applause] >> thank you. thank you for your leadership as well. i am up here for the ribbon cutting ceremony. i wa
Jul 19, 2011 7:00pm PDT
regarding city retirement benefits and health-care benefits. president chiu: ladies and gentlemen, we are holding an amendment which regards are pension benefits and health-care benefits. there was an amendment made to ensure distinctions between this ballot measure and the one proceeding with signatures and i want to see if there are members of the public who wish to speak with regard to this amendment. if you could please step up to the microphone, each member of the public will have up to two minutes to make your comments. if you please line up in the center aisle. whoever comes up to the center aisle gets to speak first. walter, you are first. >> ♪ they worked hard for their money ♪. they work hard for the city. ♪ they worked hard for the city, so retire them right. president chiu: thank you. if the folks would line up, you can come up a little closer. >> good afternoon, supervisors. i'm the immediate past president of local 21, retired after 29 years of service with the planning department. please make this measure fair to the voters and to the 105,000 members of the health
Jul 6, 2011 5:00pm PDT
-month fellowship at provided training on public speaking and city government. these workshops were led by you for your alumni. they facilitated the trainings and help to create the curriculum for the trainings. you if warriors then utilize their newly learned skills to lead you to advocacy day here in city hall on wednesday april 6, an historic day of youth civic engagement when high-school students met with their elected officials to talk about the issues they care about. on youth advocacy day, you for years led interactive workshops with high school students and city government and also help students prepare for their meetings with elected officials. they met with officials from some various departments, members of the board of supervisors, and mayor edwin lee. mayor li was gracious enough to address all of the participants. he shared his history and inspiring words about the importance of youth in city politics. i am happy to share with you today that mayor lee is here to help celebrate youth warriors. [applause] throughout the fellowship, youth warriors also has the opportunity to meet ot
Jul 19, 2011 12:00pm PDT
of next bus technology now in use around the city. updated at regular intervals from the comfort of their home or workplace. next bus uses satellite technology and advanced computer modeling to track buses and trains, estimating are bought stocks with a high degree of accuracy. the bus and train our arrival information can be accessed from your computer and even on your cellular phone or personal digital assistant. knowing their arrival time of the bus allows riders the choice of waiting for it or perhaps doing some shopping locally or getting a cup of coffee. it also gives a greater sense that they can count on you to get to their destination on time. the next bus our arrival information is also transmitted to bus shelters around the city equipped with the next bus sign. riders are updated strictly about arrival times. to make this information available, muni has tested push to talk buttons at trial shelters. rider when pushes the button, the text is displayed -- when a rider pushes the button. >> the success of these tests led to the expansion of the program to all stations on
Jul 22, 2011 11:30pm PDT
there are people from all over the city coming here. i don't know if that is an appropriate discussion. but some consideration for that issue, and maybe take a look. i don't know if this is private or not. if we can see what the membership. commissioner borden: the follow- up to that thought, a new club specifically. if you look at projections between existing and that new facilities, whatever the impact will be is relative to a more modern club. i think it is important to address the things the referenced like the underground drug and the water table. i am sure some of the statements about the section needs to be better examined looking at all of the actual impact on pedestrians. and looking at other sort of parking and strategies that might make sense for that area. otherwise, those were just a few things that i thought of. commissioner miguel: i think commissioner sugaya's comments about using more modern technology are quite well taken. i would welcome that. i will have written comments later, but just a few doubts. i do not think that the public trust with the hotel was sufficiently analyze
Jul 17, 2011 5:30am PDT
i made a commitment i would try my best to unify the city and then set out to do at least five priorities. at least one of them has been fully accomplished, but the five priorities were budget, balancing the city's budget. we still have a $306 million gap. pension reform, which i will talk about later. we have the america's cup, getting that off the ground. then we have my and placement of local hire and what that means for the city. and finally, i was thrust upon with the obligation to make sure that i selected a police chief, not a temporary police chief. a chief that will carry forth what i consider to be one of the most important things in this city, to secure the public safety of the great city of san francisco. i think i have done that, with the selection and now the appointment of the chief. so many people have come up to me and clearly you expected a chief who had spent 30 years in his life, but i did not realize how many people he has really known in every part of this community. they come up and they thank us for making that wonderful decision. you will see right off
Jul 10, 2011 2:30pm PDT
>> welcome to this tiny little balcony. i am the acting city administrator. thank you. [applause] you may be wondering why someone who holds a job temporarily is co-hosting. i think is because i have announced by the lgbt community to hold this commission. [applause] i get the pleasure of meeting your here. we will move to the balcony. it will be much more professionally done than what i am doing. >> are we ready for the official flag raising? on behalf of the city, i have the distinct mayor as your plate -- mayor, and working with everyone here, and in celebration to let the world know what is happening in san francisco again. that is the celebration of changing the world and our culture in san francisco. i am so thrilled to be able to do this. it is a week of celebration. thank you so much for being here. here is the flag. [applause] it usually takes two people. >> are you ok? >> yeah. >> all right. there you go. [applause] >> welcome to city hall. i will be in see today for the formal raising of the plight -- pride flag over san francisco. that was exciting. [applause] i never
Jul 18, 2011 2:00pm PDT
community in amsterdam. athis is the region of amsterda. this is the inner city of amsterdam, and the rest of the city are the suburbs. the whole city, there are 2.2 million people, but the real city of amsterdam, there are less than 800,000, which i think is about the same as san francisco. i will also pass around a few sheets. the important thing is that amsterdam is one of the five major economic central's -- economic centers in europe, and we want to stay that way, and we are an attractive city for international business, like the american and asian companies that like to have business in amsterdam. it is a real nice place to stay. experts like to live in amsterdam, and is accessible from all parts of the world. it is also very important case of cycling. what irony said, 2.2 million and happens, but the last line may be the most important, about 120 kilometers per day traffic jams. that is qu7?) a lot. this distance is not more than 25k. we have a real problem. that is not good for business. for us, it is active transport, really important as a solution for being accessible. ok, does i
Jul 28, 2011 11:00am PDT
, right? the city comptroller makes recommendations on how to improve issues that are important. even if there was not the kind of follow up that you wanted, i imagine someone was looking at that. i do not know if it is someone in the administrative bureau -- >> my suspicion is that it was handled by the former chief of staff, who is retired. i do not have that person to ask, who they assigned the staff work to. we are also talking about these issues from property " -- control division. there are issues with court over time, smaller issues that are in there, so it is likely this was separated out and sent out to a variety of individuals, not unlike what i have done today. so it probably went out to a few different people, and it may have gone through the chief of staff's office, but with the reorganization, retirement, and other things, i met a deficit, time-wise, to get your answers, and i apologize for that. but i was more focused on answering the question for today and moving forward with the comptroller's office. supervisor campos: it may be the answer that it has taken over a yea
Jul 16, 2011 8:30am PDT
could have done for city government, even though it was a little bit messy. it was a lot of fun and an eye opener. it got people interested again. >> in the year 2020 to see everybody traveling the whole city using their bicycles. that would be great dedication, don't you think? [applause] today, i know that all of our supervisors -- while this was not a noticed meeting, it was a very noticed meeting. the department heads that have been here with public works and rec and park and mta and others, the commissioners writing this, and we had a great conversation with different parts of the roadway that we had with the very soft area of golden gate park to the pathways and the panhandle, and we really hit into traffic. that is the really challenging part, which i intend to work with our supervisors and supervisor mirkarimi to make sure we try to experiment with the ways we can have dedicated bike lanes. that would be wonderful to have, wouldn't it? and we need to calm that traffic down and make sure that we have state pathways, and then we went to the widow. that is a fun part. i kno
Jul 11, 2011 10:00pm PDT
of city property, ocean avenue note -- ocean avenue and phelan avenue. >> good afternoon. this item is one of a series of items that the board has seen relative to the redevelopment of property near the intersection of phelan and ocean. this exchange facilitates for the development of the san francisco community college holdings in north of the project. it also expedites future alternative uses of both the sfpuc land and the land of the college in the future. this would be a to be created plaza adjacent to the house and elements along ocean avenue. i am going to put up a map here for you while i continue. the terms of that lease agreement have been finally negotiated, and the college board approved it. next, to the sfmta board and this board, so we wanted to conclude those negotiations before bringing the package to you. this is really the keystone part of this legislation, so if we're going to go to the detailed proposal, i also want to thank the college senior staff and outside counsel for their sincere effort to move these items forward over a number of years and for their patience as w
Jul 15, 2011 5:30pm PDT
far lesft, border supervisor david chiu. sitting next to him, the mayor of our great city, and elite. -- ed lee. [applause] the chief marketing officer for audi america, organizer of this event. [applause] the man whose design we will be enjoying, walter hood. and finally, the director of the business improvement district. [applause] here in san francisco, on a beautiful, sunny day, it is time to celebrate the innovative spirit of san francisco. we innovate social policy, housing, the environment, on transportation and technology. we innovate when it comes to the weather. we call this summer, here in san francisco. and when it comes to the public way, it is hard to think about innovation. it was billed years ago and it is hard to change, at least that is what some people think. although much of the public rights of way in san francisco take up 25% of our city, they were built generations ago, in a different time to serve different needs with different sensibilities, largely built for people to pass through, as opposed to being in. we are changing that in the city and we are showing t
Jul 23, 2011 1:00am PDT
and services to children and senior citizens in the city at a rate of one-half of 1% for a time of 10 years. >> we have a presentation here. i will try to be brief and leave time for discussion. i am the mayor of's budget director. i appreciate your time inviting me here to speak with you on this measure. what i am here for today is to ask your support on behalf of the mayor for a proposal that he has submitted to the board of supervisors with the intent of placing it on the ballot this coming november. the essence of the proposal is that as you all know, the state sales tax rate effective july 1st declined by 1% bringing the tax rate from 9.5% to 8.5%. this was done over the objection of the governor. we would like to get the sales tax at the existing rate. we would like to offset some of the deeper cuts that were on the table absent that extension and the extension of some other revenues at the state level. as this discussion was playing out at the capitol in sacramento, in the mayor's office, we were developing the mayor's budget proposal and looking at some of the proposed cuts that wer
Jul 23, 2011 10:00am EDT
, presents his thoughts on the revitalization of american cities. this is just under an hour. >> so good morning and welcome to this breakfast forum by the manhattan institute's center for state and local leadership. my name is michael, and i am the newly-appointed director of the center, and it's truly an honor to be with you. one week on to the job, and what a great event to kick things off. it's an honor to be here with everyone. as you know, for over 30 years the manhattan institute has been a national leader in advancing the ideas of greater economic independence and choice and individual responsibility. we have our roots, as you all know, in cities having led the movements from welfare to work and from broken windows to safer cities. and during the coming weeks you'll be hearing a lot about our new center for state and local leadership. whether it's examining public employees and their relationships with the public, the governments for which they work, their pension systems, their retiree health benefits, whether it's talking about new public safety strategies, whether it's working
Jul 25, 2011 5:30pm PDT
everybody pays their fair share that we are able to make a pretty huge impact on the city budget. what is critical as i know that when you hear the dollars, it is hard to comprehend what that means. i have a few folks here to join me who will be here to explain that in a much more detailed fashion. i also wanted to say we have been able to bring in extra money while at the same time dealing with over 12,000 appeals in the last two years and at the same time, down about 17,000 reductions in property last year, which we also will be reviewing. at the same time we have had to reduce money for some, it shows that even after making people pay their fair share on the downside, we have still been able to bring in 50 million extra dollars. we promised the city almost $47 million, and we are able to bring almost $97 million in this year in what we call supplementals, and that is the additional revenue of property tax dollars. with me are a couple of friends. one is linda from united educators. she is going to talk. and then we have guadeloupe from ace. and then elizabeth from seiu 1021, a
Jul 31, 2011 12:00pm PDT
is to develop a pool of candidates that is inclusive of all segments of our city's population. >> the jury conducts investigations and publishes findings and recommendations. these reports them become a key part of the civic dialog on how we can make san francisco a better place to live and work. >> i want to encourage anyone that is on the fence, is considering participating as a grand jury member, to do so. >> so if you are interested in our local city government and would like to work with 18 other enthusiastic citizens committed to improving its operations, i encourage you to consider applying for service on the civil grand jury. >> for more information, visit the civil grand jury website at or call >> good morning. good afternoon. i think some of those of you who are standing could take a seat over in a chair if you would like to. welcome. my name is ann warner cribs. i'm a 1960 olympian, but i as swimming, not in ping-pong. i am the president and ceo of the san francisco bay organizing committee. we are so honored to be part of this 40th anniversary celebration of pi
Jul 13, 2011 11:30pm PDT
to you. forgive me for reading from this, but i want to make sure i get it right. the city and county of san francisco recognizes that energy use in buildings is the single largest contributor to the city and county of san francisco's carbon footprints. therefore, the san francisco department of the environment has brought together two sets of stakeholders to advise the city on building with energy issues. the first is the renewable task force. the second of which, we, the undersigned are members is the energy independence advisory pafpblet as advocacy organizations and businesses connected to the property, buildings and energy industries, we have focused on energy use, particularly natural gas use in buildings, and energy efficiency in green buildings. our main discussion was the need for discussion among stakeholders in the economy, academics, building scientists, tenants, policymakers, and property owners and managers. inceased access to the latest research and information about energy efficiency and green building and the financial benefits would boost the energy efficiency sector
Jul 8, 2011 4:00pm PDT
, which is one of the most important things that i think i can contribute to the city as the mayor, and of course, what we're putting on the ballot in addition to that this november would be the street repaving bond. i will begin with the pension reform first and then talk about the bond and attempt to answer any questions you have about things we're doing throughout my administration. in january, as you recall, i announced five high priorities, and pension reform was one of them. at the time, we looked at the numbers, how the cost of the city employees' pension was impacting our city fund. the to over $225 million a year had to be set aside just to pay for the increase in cost of pensions, and the tensions had to do with both the pension costs as well as the health care costs, and none of the health care costs have any coverage at all in our current budget. so i had to go to work on that very hard. we knew that it was going to take months and months of discussions, but we approached it in a way learning from what had happened last year in proposition b, as you recall, it was a pro
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